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Gordon Banks

Gordon Banks was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career, won 73 caps for England, highlighted by starting every game of the nation's 1966 World Cup victory. Banks joined Chesterfield in March 1953, played for their youth team in the 1956 FA Youth Cup final, he made his first team debut in November 1958, was sold to Leicester City for £7,000 in July 1959. He played in four cup finals for the club, as they were beaten in the 1961 and 1963 FA Cup finals, before winning the League Cup in 1964 and finishing as finalists in 1965. Despite this success, his World Cup win in 1966, he was dropped by Leicester and sold on to Stoke City for £50,000 in April 1967. In the 1970 World Cup, he made one of the game's great saves to prevent a Pelé goal, but was absent due to illness as England were beaten by West Germany at the quarter-final stage. Banks was Stoke City's goalkeeper in the 1972 League Cup win—the club's only major honour.

He was still Stoke and England's number one when a car crash in October 1972 cost him both the sight in his right eye, his professional career. He played two last seasons in the United States for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1977 and 1978, despite only having vision in one eye, was NASL Goalkeeper of the Year in 1977 after posting the best defensive record in the league, he entered management with Telford United, but left the game in December 1980. Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, Banks was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1972, was named FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year on six occasions; the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century, after Lev Yashin and ahead of Dino Zoff. Banks was born in Abbeydale and brought up in the working-class area of Tinsley; the family moved to the village of Catcliffe after his father set up a betting shop. This brought greater prosperity but misery. Banks left school in December 1952, aged 15, took up employment as a bagger with a local coal merchant, which helped to build up his upper body strength.

He spent a season playing for amateur side Millspaugh after their regular goalkeeper failed to turn up for a match. His performances there earned him a game in the Yorkshire League for Rawmarsh Welfare, however a 12–2 defeat to Stocksbridge Works on his debut was followed by a 3–1 home defeat, he was dropped by Rawmarsh and returned to Millspaugh. Still aged 15, he switched jobs to become a hod carrier, he was scouted by Chesterfield whilst playing for Millspaugh, offered a six-game trial in the youth team in March 1953. He impressed enough in these games to be offered a part-time £3-a-week contract by manager Teddy Davison in July 1953; the reserve team were placed in the Central League on account of a powerful club director rather than on merit, Banks conceded 122 goals in the 1954–55 season as the "Spireites" finished in last place with only three victories. Banks was posted to Germany with the Royal Signals on national service, won the Rhine Cup with his regimental team, he recovered from a fractured elbow to help the Chesterfield youth team to the 1956 final of the FA Youth Cup.

There they were beaten 4–3 on aggregate by Manchester United's famous "Busby Babes"—a team that included both Wilf McGuinness and Bobby Charlton. Banks was given his first team debut by manager Doug Livingstone, at the expense of long-serving Ron Powell, in a Third Division game against Colchester United at Saltergate in November 1958; the game ended 2–2, Banks kept his place against Norwich City in the following match. With no goalkeeping coach to guide him, Banks had to learn from his mistakes on the pitch, he soon developed into a modern vocal goalkeeper who ordered the players in front of him into a more effective defence. Having just 23 league and three cup appearances to his name, it came as a surprise to Banks when Matt Gillies, manager of First Division club Leicester City, bought him from Chesterfield for £7,000 in July 1959. Banks faced competition from five other goalkeepers, including 30-year-old Scotland international Johnny Anderson and 25-year-old Dave MacLaren, he started the 1959–60 season as the reserve team's goalkeeper.

This in effect made him the club's second choice, ahead of four of his rivals but behind first team choice MacLaren. He had played four reserve team games when MacLaren picked up an injury, manager Matt Gillies selected Banks for his Leicester debut against Blackpool at Filbert Street on 9 September; the match finished 1–1, with Jackie Mudie's strike cancelling out Ken Leek's opener. Banks retained his place for the 2–0 loss to Newcastle United at St James' Park three days later. With McLaren fit again, Banks was sent back to the reserves but, after the first team conceded 14 goals in the next five games, he was recalled and became the first-choice goalkeeper for the remainder of the season; the defensive record did not improve at first, with Banks conceding six in a heavy defeat by Everton at Goodison Park, but he improved in each match and the Foxes settled for a comfortable 12th-place finish. In training, he worked extensively such as coming for crosses, he put in extra hours during training and came up with practice sessions to improve his skills – this was unique in an era where the

Ancient Diocese of Lectoure

The former Catholic Diocese of Lectoure was in south-west France. It existed from the fourth century until the time of the French Revolution, when it was suppressed under the Concordat of 1801, its see was Lectoure Cathedral. Lectoure is now a commune of Gers, its territory was divided between the archdiocese of Toulouse. Heuterus c. 506: Vigile c. 549: Aletius The diocese was for some centuries united with the diocese of Auch c. 990: Bernard I. c. 1052: Arnaud I. c. 1060: Johannes I. Raimond I. 1061–1097: Ebbon 1097–1103: Pierre I. 1103–1118: Garcias I. 1118–1126: Guillaume I. D'Andozile 1126 to c. 1160: Vivien c. 1160–1162 or 1163: Bertrand I. de Montaut c. 1175 to c. 1195: Garcias II. Sanche 1196 to c. 1205: Bernard II. C. 1215 to c. 1221: Arnaud II. C. 1229: Hugues I. c. 1240: Gaillard de Lambesc c. 1256: Géraud I. c. 1257: Guillaume II. 1268 to c. 1295: Géraud de Montlezun c. 1296–1302: Pierre II. de Ferrières 1303–1307: Raimond II. C. 1308–1330: Guillaume III. des Bordes c. 1336: Roger d'Armagnac c.

1344–1349: Arnaud III. Guillaume de La Barthe 1350–1354: Pierre III. Anzelirii 1365–1368: Pierre IV. 1368–1369: Hugues II. 1370–1371: Bernard III. 1372 to c. 1375: Vignier c. 1377–1383: Bérenger 1383: Rénier de Malent 1383–1384: Eudes 1384–1405: Raimond III. de Cambanilla c. 1407–1416: Arnaud IV. de Peyrac 1418–1425: Géraud III. Dupuy c. 1428–24 May 1449: Martin Gutteria de Pampelune 1449–1452: Bernard IV. André 1453–1479: Amaury c. 1480–1487: Hugues III. D'Espagne 1488–1494: Pierre V. D'Abzac de La Douze 21. December 1500 to 1505: Louis I. Pot 1505–1508: Pierre VI. du Faur 1509 to 17. April 1511: Bertrand II. de Lustrac 1511–1512: Paul 1512–1513: Guillaume IV. de Barton 1513–1544: Jean II. de Barton 1544–1569: Guillaume V. de Barton (Guillaume Barthon de Montbas, 1590–1594: Charles de Bourbon 1599 to 24. March 1635: Léger de Plas 24 March 1635 to 12 April 1646: Jean III. D'Estresse 1646–1654: Louis II de La Rochefoucauld 21 September 1655 to 5. January 1671: Pierre-Louis Caset de Vautorte 1671 to 22 December 1691: Hugues de Bar 6.

April 1692 to 13. October 1717: François-Louis de Polastron 1717–1720: Louis III. D'Illers d'Entragues 8. January 1721 to 1745: Paul-Robert Hertault de Beaufort 1745 to 14 May 1760: Claude-François de Narbonne-Pelet 1760 to 26 June 1772: Pierre VII. Chapelle de Jumilhac de Cubjac 7 September 1772 to 1790: Louis-Emmanuel de Cugnac Catholic Church in France List of Catholic dioceses in France Gams, Pius Bonifatius. Series episcoporum Ecclesiae catholicae: quotquot innotuerunt a beato Petro apostolo. Ratisbon: Typis et Sumptibus Georgii Josephi Manz. pp. 548–549. Eubel, Conradus. Hierarchia catholica, Tomus 1. Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. CS1 maint: extra text: authors list p. 301. Eubel, Conradus. Hierarchia catholica, Tomus 2. Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. CS1 maint: extra text: authors list p. 175. Eubel, Conradus. Hierarchia catholica, Tomus 3. Münster: Libreria Regensbergiana. CS1 maint: extra text: authors list Gauchat, Patritius. Hierarchia catholica IV. Münster: Libraria Regensbergiana. Retrieved 2016-07-06.

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365 Days of Astronomy

365 Days of Astronomy is an educational podcast, inspired by the International Year of Astronomy, published daily beginning in 2009. It is produced as a collaboration between Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Astrosphere New Media Association; the individual episodes are written and produced by people all around the world. The podcast had 3,000–10,000 listeners each day. In 2008, astronomer Pamela Gay initiated brainstorming via e-mail on possible "new media" programs for 2009, the International Year of Astronomy; the discussion included Michael Koppelman from Slacker Astronomy, Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy, others involved in the IYA. Their ideas were distilled down into the 365 Days Of Astronomy podcast; the podcast was to publish one episode per day over the entire year of 2009 and was planned to only run for that year. In 2013, the show evolved to add video. In 2015, it joined the UNESCO International Year of Light. In 2017, 365 Days of Astronomy became a production of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, when the CosmoQuest grant moved to the ASP and Pamela Gay became the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the ASP.

The intention is for individuals, schools and other organizations to record 5 to 10 minutes of audio for each episode. Contributors sign up for up to twelve episodes: one per month. Contributors include both professional and amateur astronomers as well as other scientists and others with an interest in astronomy. In the first three years of the project, contributors from every continent except Antarctica submitted episodes; each episode has a common outro that ties it to the overall theme. Avivah Yamani, project manager through 2012, was based in southeast Asia and expressed desire to encourage more diverse participants; the podcast's theme song, "Far", was recorded by George Hrab. A longer version of the song is available on his album Trebuchet, released in June 2010. Contributors have included: Astronomy Cast Slacker Astronomy Columbia University Astronomy Doug Ellison of Stuart Lowe of the Jodcast Ed Sunder of Flintstone Stargazing Tavi Greiner and Rob Keown of A Sky Full of Stars The Planetary Society's Planetary Radio All of the episodes are archived and can be accessed at any time.

The variety of astronomy-related topics and 5 to 10-minute run-time makes the podcast an excellent learning and outreach resource for various venues including star parties, home-school, drive-time, or while working at the computer. Topics range from "Why Stargazing is Cool" to "Dark Matter and Dark Energy" to "Will the World End in 2012?". In 2009, the 365 Days of Astronomy won a Parsec Award for Best Infotainment Podcast, it was 50 nominees for the award that year. The award was accepted by George Hrab at the 2009 Dragon*Con convention. Official website

IMDEA Nanoscience Institute

IMDEA Nanoscience Institute is a private non-profit foundation within the IMDEA Institutes network, created in 2006-2007 as a result of collaboration agreement between the Community of Madrid and Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. The foundation manages IMDEA-Nanoscience Institute, a scientific centre dedicated to front-line research in nanoscience and molecular design and aiming at transferable innovations and close contact with industries. IMDEA Nanoscience is a member of the Campus of International excellence, a consortium of research institutes promoted by the Autonomous University of Madrid and Spanish National Research Council. IMDEA Nanoscience is a part of Aerospace Cluster, an association of research centres contributing to the aerospace research in the community of Madrid. Due to close relationship between IMDEA and the Autonomous University of Madrid, doctoral students at IMDEA Nanociencia are assigned to the University during their studies, as well as to the IMDEA, obtain the doctoral degrees from the University.

The foundation is governed by the Board of Trustees, consisting of the representatives of the Institute Administration, involved universities, regional government, scientific experts and industrial collaborators. Scientific Advisory Committee consists of the leading experts in the field of nanoscience. From February 2007 Dr Rodolfo Miranda is the director of the Institute. Research at IMDEA Nanoscience is concentrated on developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology, combining the efforts of specialists in condensed matter physics, computer modelling, microscopy, surface sciences, molecular biology. One of the aims of the institute is to attract international scientists on a competitive basis, as well as raising new generations of Spanish scientists. More than 50 international and regional projects are run in parallel, including work on polymer solar cells, OLED, lasers, drug delivery, etc. in 7 scientific programs: Molecular nanoscience. IMDEA Networks Institute IMDEA Nanociencia presentation on VIMEO Presentation of IMDEA Nanoscience by Dr Rodolfo Miranda

USNS Contender (T-AGOS-2)

USNS Contender was a Stalwart class Modified Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship of the United States Navy. Now known as the T/S General Rudder, the ship serves as the primary training vessel of Texas A&M Maritime Academy. Texas A&M has operated the vessel since 2012. Stalwart class ships were designed to collect underwater acoustical data in support of Cold war anti-submarine warfare operations in the 1980s; these vessels were designed to create minimal noise while operating. The addition of cavitation-free propellers at speeds under three knots, the absence of reduction gears in the propulsion system, sound isolation of diesel generators, vibration dampening of all machinery helped in the Contender's mission as an acoustical data sounder. In 1992, the ex-Contender became the T/V Kings Pointer, the flagship and training vessel of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. In 1999, Kings Pointer was the first vessel to reach the site of the crash of EgyptAir Flight 990. In the spring of 2004 she underwent a major overhaul to upgrade her crew's quarters and training equipment.

The aft'tow' deck was modified and any vestage of her previous employment as a SURTASS ship was removed and reworked. She remained the flagship and training ship of the United States Merchant Marine Academy until January 2012, she was transferred to Texas A&M University at Galveston and renamed the "TS General Rudder", where she remains today as the primary training vessel for cadets of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy. In 2013 the vessel had another major overhaul, with the aft fantail's bulwark lowered, aft main deck leveled, hull cleaned and repainted; the vessel was fitted with additional berthing for 64 personnel. In 2019 the ship underwent another overhaul period, with engine room improvements, steel repair, rust removal, the hull cleaned and repainted; this maintenance session came with eagerness, after months of technical and mechanical issues had plagued the vessel. For the first time since being transferred to Texas A&M Maritime Academy, the ship was given a maroon and white paint scheme, indicative of Texas A&M school colors.

The new improvements have seen promising results for the aging training vessel, as she reached a maximum speed of 14 knots while in transit from her Mobile shipyard. In June 2019 the T/S General Rudder saw another underway period before being stationed in the Beaumont Ready Reserve Fleet for the remainder of the summer. In September of 2018, the T/S General Rudder suffered a rudder failure while entering Port Arthur; the vessel was unable to lower anchor and was purposely ran aground minutes so as to avoid a collision with other ship traffic. With the help of the US Coast Guard and local tug boats, the General Rudder was towed to a local shipyard for repairs. Although the vessel's rudder stock had not shown signs of wear, it was apparent in the crew's inspection that the heat of the shifting rudder had forced the stock to seize in its casing, causing the unexpected rudder malfuntion; the issue was corrected, the vessel returned to Texas A&M Maritime Academy two weeks later. Training Ship GENERAL RUDDER - TAMUG NVR NavSource

List of Royal Air Force first-class cricketers

From their first match in 1922 to their final match in 1946, 63 players represented the Royal Air Force cricket team in first-class cricket. A first-class match is a domestic cricket match between two representative teams, each having first-class status, as determined by the governing body for cricket in the country where the match is being played. First-class matches consist of matches of three or more days' duration, between two teams of eleven players, played on turf pitches; the Royal Air Force was formed during World War I in 1918, with the Royal Air Force cricket team being formed in 1919 and playing its first against the British Army cricket team at Lord's in the same year. This list includes all players who have played at least one first-class match and is arranged in the order of debut appearance. Where more than one player won their first cap in the same match, those players are listed by batting order at the time of debut